(Washington, D.C.)  – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement following the announcement that Dr. Ronny Jackson no longer wishes to be considered for Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

“The lack of scrutiny that President Trump gave his most recent VA Secretary nominee is an insult to the millions of veterans who deserve a serious and strong leader who is ready on day one to bring this agency up to what is expected by all Americans. The position of VA Secretary has never been, nor should ever be, an afterthought. I can only hope that President Trump takes the lessons of this most recent failed nominee to heart, and gets serious about recommending someone with the integrity, leadership, management experience, and dedication to serving veterans that our military families deserve. And this should be a lesson to Republican leaders and those trying to cut corners and jam nominees through the Senate—there is a reason that we want to take the time to scrutinize nominees and make sure they are ready and able to do the job.”